Code Orange air quality alert day in Delaware

The combination of early summer heat and stifling humidity adds up to a forecast of poor air quality in Delaware.

Today has been declared a Code Orange “ozone action day” by state air quality monitors.  That means there is high potential for ground level ozone.

There are ways you can help, according to the Department of Natural Resources: 

Ride DART First State. Don’t know what bus route to ride, or what time to be at the bus stop? Visit DART’s website at or call them at 1-800-652-DART in New Castle and Kent Counties, and 1-800-553-DART in Sussex County.
Carpool with friends and/or coworkers. To find a carpool partner or if you already ride the bus/train, and want to register for our Home Free Guarantee, call RideShare Delaware at 1-888-RIDE-MATCH or visit
Limit daytime driving and combine errands
When you must drive, try to avoid congested periods
Ride public transportation or carpool to work
Maintain your vehicle’s emission control equipment
Walk or ride a bicycle for short, easy trips
Postpone the use of gasoline-powered mowers until evening
Refuel your car in the evening – and don’t top off your tank
Avoid lighting your barbecue with starter fluid
Avoid prolonged idling and jackrabbit starts
Use latex rather than oil-based paints

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